Market Watch: Valentino

Bags Valentino Spring 2012 collection

Can we talk about Valentino's accessories? I realize that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli started at the brand designing the gorgeous bags and shoes, and have since become the creative directors. And the clothes for Spring 2012 are heavenly; inspired by Mexico, the dresses are stunning creations of lace and sheer fabrics. Seeing them in person does leave you a bit breathless.

But it's the accessories that really get me. For as ladylike as the Valentino frocks are, the bags and shoes are tough, sexy, and a little bit rock and roll. Just the way I like them. Pyramid studs adorn buttery leather bags; a series of fantastic clutches have a studded strap that emulates a knuckle-piece. Attention future dates: This is the key to my heart right here.

shoes  Valentino Spring 2012 collection

The shoes were also pretty gorgeous. Both delicate and tough, they're perfect for city girls, whether uptown or down. And lest you think the entire collection was heavy on the Joan Jett (it's not; ponder wearing these pieces with lace for a subtle look), there were delicate bags and jewelry for evening.

These all start to land in stores at the end of January. So just in time for post-Christmas presents (hint, hint).

Photos: Bags and shoes from Valentino's Spring 2012 collection